SAU students stage demo, block roads protesting Wasim’s death

SAU students stage demo, block roads protesting Wasim’s death

The students of Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU) on Sunday staged demonstration protesting the death of fourth-year student Wasim Afnan in Saturday’s road accident.

The students from different dormitories staged demonstration in front of the vice-chancellor’s residence around 11 am, and later took position in front of the Central Shahid Minar in Chowhatta area.

The agitating students also put up barricade on Chowhatta intersection around 12pm, halting hundreds of vehicles standstill on the four roads linking the juncture.

They were containing their protests till filing of this report around 1:30 pm.

Wasim Afnan, 22, a 4th-year student of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering department of the university and son of M Abu Zahed Mahbub and Dr Mina Parvin of Rudra village in Nabiganj upazila of Habiganj, was crushed to death by a bus after its helper reportedly pushed him off the vehicle at Sherpur in Sadar upazila of Moulvibazar district on Saturday afternoon.

After the incident, students of the university took to the streets and staged demonstrations at the Sylhet bus terminal in South Surma protesting the death of their fellow at night.

Meanwhile, police arrested bus helper Masuk Ali, 40, son of Daulat Ali of Teghoria area, and the driver Jewel Ahmed, 26.

Earlier, the university authorities have suspended all classes and examinations for Sunday to avoid further untoward situation.